Italy loses its leadership in the fruit and vegetable processing machine sector to the Netherlands

Cibus Tech, the fair that will take place in Parma between 22nd and 25th October 2019, was presented on 12th June 2019 in Milan. The event was attended by Thomas Rosolia, president of Koeln Parma Exhibitions, Antonio Cellie, Ceo of Koeln Parma Exhibitions and Maria Ines Aronadio, director of the Made in Italy promotion at Ice. 

The presentation in Milan

The figures discussed by Cibus Tec, based on Prometeia data, show that Italy's position has grown globally in the field of machinery for the processing of fruit and vegetables, but that the Netherlands have grown even more.  

In 2017, Italy exported €142 million worth of produce and reached €150 million in 2018. The Netherlands, however, went from €131 million to €151 million. The US holds the third place and went from €77 million to €102 million. 

Left to right: Maria Ines Aronadio, Thomas Rosolia and Antonio Cellie 

Packaging machines are a case onto itself, as Germany is the leading producer and exporter followed by Italy at a short distance.

The absolute value of German exports in the packaging field is €4.3 billion against the €4 billion of Italy. Market shares and 27 and 25% respectively. 

However, if we consider the last decade, Italy has remained constant while Germany lost around 10%, mainly to the advantage of Chinese exports. 

"Almost all spaces are gone and we are really pleased. We are expecting 40 thousand visitors, 25% of which from abroad. For this 52th edition, we have been taking advantage of our alliance with Koelmesse in Cologne."

Thomas Rosolia and Antonio Cellie 

"Around one hundred companies from the fresh produce sector will attend. The technological segment holds a leading position on a global level for its export capability and the know-how of Italian businesses is known all over the world," explained brand manager Fabio Bettio. 

Maria Ines Aronadio stressed that the 78 ICE offices abroad support companies that are structured enough to export. "We are focusing on Africa as, over the next few years, it will expand a lot when it comes to food technologies. Already in the past few months, we put companies in contact especially thanks to the Lab Innova project." 

Antonio Cellie stressed that Fiere Parma "is part of the international elite thanks to its location and to the Cibus fair." 

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